Indigenous Cultural Experiences Victoria
Take a journey into Victoria’s beautifully preserved Indigenous heritage. Witness remnants of this state’s captivating past and discover over 60,000 years’ worth of history found throughout both traditional and contemporary sites. If you’re interested in uncovering Australia’s cultural legacy, Victoria is definitely the place to go.
GREAT OCEAN ROAD (Torquay to Allansford)
A drive across the Great Ocean Road is a pivotal part of exploring Indigenous Victoria. The endless span of road offers numerous cultural experiences for the family to enjoy. From sampling bush tucker in Geelong’s Narana Creations to touring the remains of original stone houses along Lake Condah, the Great Ocean Road is home to an amazing variety of ancient Indigenous stories. So hop in the car and experience all that the Great Ocean Road has to offer.
KOORIE HERITAGE TRUST (Melbourne City)
Being internationally recognised as a location rich with cultural experiences, Melbourne is a key site for Indigenous history. Traditionally named the Kulin Nation, Melbourne is home to the Koorie Heritage Trust. This cultural centre provides an interactive sound and visual exhibition, which traces the history of the Koorie people from 60,000 years ago until today. The centre also offeres an engaging environment for all visitors to immerse themselves in authentic Aboriginal art and experiences.
MUNGO NATIONAL PARK (The Murray River Region)
One of Australia’s oldest living landscapes, the Murray River region once provided sustenance to the countless tribes that occupied the banks some 40,000 years ago. Reconnect with nature and bear witness to the traditions passed on through the ages with a visit to the Mungo National Park. Recognised for both its geological past and history of Aboriginal settlement, descendants of past inhabitants offer unique and insightful tours throughout the park for an Indigenous cultural experience you will never forget.
ABORIGINAL HERITAGE WALK (South Yarra)
Discover the ancestral lands of the Koolin nation by taking part in an Aboriginal Heritage Walk through Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. This rich and vibrant cultural experience offers an insight into the traditional practices of Indigenous Australians, like the traditional smoking ceremonies. By observing the Gardens’ native plant life, you will learn exactly how the traditional custodians of the land utilised the Earth’s natural resources for food, tools and medicines.
Price: $30 adult, $12 child (5–17 years), $25 concession
TOWER HILL WILDLIFE RESERVE (Warrnambool)
Travel down to Tower Hill and experience one of Victoria’s natural wonders. Home to a dormant volcano crater, where the Gunditjmara Nation lived more than 30,000 years ago, this natural attraction is rich with Indigenous history. The natural reserve offers a glimpse into the traditional ways of life carried out all those centuries ago, and holds both international and national geological significance. Archaeological surveys uncovered artefacts of the Aboriginal people who undoubtedly witnessed the eruptions, descendants provide an insight into the cultural heritage of Tower Hill.
THE IAN POTTER CENTRE: NVG AUSTRALIA (Melbourne City)
The Ian Potter Centre is home to a superb collection of Indigenous art, becoming the first major gallery committed exclusively to it. Their remarkable showcase has placed the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) on the world stage. For those of you interested in exploring Indigenous history in a unique way, the Ian Potter Centre is the place to visit.
BRAMBUK NATIONAL PARK AND CULTURAL CENTRE (Halls Gap)
Have you ever wanted to learn the art of basket weaving or the skills needed for boomerang throwing? Well the Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre is the perfect place to acquire them as part of an authentic Indigenous experience. Situated within the natural oasis of Grampians Gariwerd, this site is at the centre of creation stories for numerous Aboriginal communities within Victoria. Come along and experience the interpretations of these stories in the longest running Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Australia.
Price: Bunjil's Creation Tour: $70, Six Seasons Tour: $140
BUNJILAKA AT MELBOURNE MUSEUM (Carlton)
Built primarily for the empowerment of Aboriginal Australians, Bunjilaka allows both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people the opportunity to interpret their own cultural heritage. With a significant collection of cultural heritage items, private areas are dedicated for the Aboriginal community’s viewing of such material, ensuring their direct contribution to the preservation of their culture. Promoting the act of reconciliation to all visitors, Bunjilaka is an essential place to visit when seeking an Indigenous cultural experience.
BATALUK CULTURAL TRAIL (Gippsland)
For an insight into 30,000 years of Indigenous heritage, a visit to the Bataluk Cultural Trail is not one to be overlooked. What used to form the backbone of an original network of Indigenous trails and trading routes is now the perfect display of Gunaikurnai life. Listen to traditional dreamtime stories whilst learning of the lifestyle of the original inhabitants of the Gippsland region. The Bataluk Cultural Trail will be sure to foster a greater appreciation and understanding of the Gunaikurnai culture.
BIRRARUNG MARR (Melbourne City)
Located along the banks of the Yarra River, the Birrarung Marr park is the perfect display of life, led by the traditional custodians of the land. Combining the ancient paths travelled by Indigenous Australians with the skylines of modern day Melbourne, this site contains something for the whole family to enjoy. Sit down and listen to the ringing of the Federation Bells whilst enjoying the variety of Victoria’s indigenous culture surrounding you.
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